Friday, October 15, 2021

Friday Finish!


I made my last piece for Halloween this week. It as a free design by my friend Kelley and it was just right for a little wall hanging for an empty space on my wall. I seem to have fewer of those, with all the pieces I have been making.

I colored it for a fun look but still kept it prim with the fabrics. The pumpkin fabrics was gifted to me, years ago, from Kelley, as well.

Last weekend we were able to get out for some bike rides. The first was in a town in Connecticut, along the Quinebaug river. It was a nice ride, not too long and it ended at the dam.

Since it was a short ride, which I later learned was over 5 miles, we decided to go to the trail we did last week, but from the other end. It was a nice trail, fairly flat and went by several ponds and mostly wooded.

I had a destination, to end at the reservoir that we stopped at, from the other end. I did not realize how far we had gone on the first ride and this one was longer than I realized, so I was getting tired each time I had to try to go up hill on the cross overs and of course I fell, not once but twice. The first time I fell on my tailbone, but I have no sense and kept going. Then I fell again when I died on the hill and fell over on my knee, so I realized it was time to give up, lol.

Luckily I always carry bandaids and taped up my cuts and walked around the area to relax before we headed back. I found a beautiful farm on the road we stopped at and took some photos. The lady came out and told me about her farm and what they do. They have rescue horses and also a working farm with meats and fresh produce. They have programs where you can learn about the horses, have a picnic and they even have bikes if you want to ride a portion of the trail. If you are ever in the Connecticut area and looking for something different to do, you can visit their website, Hidden Springs farms.

After that day, I decided that riding was out for now and we went for drives. The first day we rode up the Shetucket River and visited a few waterfalls, along the way. The first stop was the boat launch at BUtts Bridge. The scene was beautiful from the main bridge, but at the launch, it was so overgrown  that I had a hard time finding a spot to shoot from.

The next stop was in Occum. The views were beautiful but the river was high, so another place that was hard to find a place to stand.

Next was Baltic, the river was just as high there and the places we usually sit to relax and enjoy the river, where flowing with water.

And on the way home, we stopped at our favorite falls. It started to rain at this point but I was able to get a few shots before it got worse.

Our last day, we headed to Coventry Connecticut. Our first destination was the Nathan Hale Cemetery. It was was a beautiful old cemetery and of course I took photos of all the interesting stones.


Our last stop was the Nathan Hale home. I was surprised at how big the area was, lots of land to walk around on and they even have trails you can hike on.  The museum was closed but we enjoyed walking around the grounds. The rides we take are nice this time of year since there are pops of colors every so often. 

This weekend will depend on how much I can walk. My tailbone hurts if I bend too much and my knee hurts if I use it too much, but I will still get out and enjoy the scenery and maybe find some new places to explore. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.


acorn hollow said...

Sorry you fell, it hurts so much as an adult. Beautiful pictures as always.
Love your finish

Rugs and Pugs said...

Love your latest finish!
I hope you heal quickly from your falls.
Thanks for all the pictures of the beauty that surrounds you.

Olde Dame Holly said...

Oh gosh, please be careful! If I fall, I think that's it for me! A tailbone injury is so slow to heal, much less the knee! You have guts. I gave up riding my bike. You sure got beautiful photos on your ride and your drives. What a gorgeous area. That horse rescue farm - that's a real labor of love.

TheCrankyCrow said...

I was thinking "wow...this woman thinks 5 miles is a short ride?" and then I read on. Yikes!! Hope you recover quickly from the falls and are "back on the seat" soon. Love the Kelley design!! And WOW on the Nathan Hale home!!! I did not even know that existed!! Do you know if it his original home? I know he is from Coventry, but I had no idea about this. Just another reason to make that "out east" trip sooner rather than later. And what a glorious, glorious, view in that last beautiful photo! Getting cold here.... ~Robin~

sandi s said...

You all get out and see some of the prettiest places!! I love seeing the pictures you take. Hugs,

Rugs and Pugs said...

I think that is one of my very favorite stitcheries you have done. Just perfect...and don't tell me!

Pam said...

Beautiful Halloween stitchers. Love the cat.
Great pictures of your road and bike trips. It’s almost like we are there.